Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Invincible Summer

My tutorial for adding typography to a digital photo is published in the January issue of

I asked my son to take this picture of me at the start of one of our walks. I’d never been a winter person, but realizing that life goes so fast, I've learned to enjoy every season. The quote is a favorite: "In the depths of winter, I finally learned there was in me an invincible summer." 

The depth and direction of the photo, along with the contrast of dark browns and white tones provided a perfect photo for adding text.

 First, I sized the photo.
I then added the first layer of text in a larger font (36 point). Since the background was a dark brown at the top of the image, I chose a white font for this line of text.
The second line of text was sized slightly smaller (30 point) to lead the eye to the photo as I was walking down the hill. 
The third row, added immediately below me, was in the smallest text size (24 point) and in black as it was against the white snow.
 I sized the 2 remaining lines incrementally larger (30 point, then 36 point) to lead the eye out of the photo to the title of the layout.

 Before printing the photo, I added the digital frame.

Since the focal point of the layout was the photo and the quote (inclusive of the title) I added a simple background: Gold mist stencil on the brown cardstock and 2 pieces of patterned paper. The corner chipboard was covered in a matching scrap of patterned paper. The gold snowflake was a Christmas tree ornament.

May you have the warmth of summer throughout the new year! 


scrapbookertink said...

Cindy congrats on your feature, Happy New Year ro you and your family x

Sandie Edwards said...

Gorgeous and so wonderful you were featured. Love the idea behind your layout of enjoying each season.... I'll try and put that into fruition myself, as I sit here melting in the Summer heat. I'm envious of your snow.

Lynn said...

Congrats on your feature Cindy. I love how you added the text to your photo. I am going to have to try that! I think it's absolutely perfect and I adore the saying.

Charlotte Brochu said...

I love the look of type on photos and you've done such a great job on this! I wish I could embrace your thoughts about Winter, but I'm just not there yet! LOL! Happy New Year to you and your family!

joyce said...

Congratulations Cindy, and I'm so glad more people will be viewing your inspiring work and tuts too.

Anna C said...

Such a lovely layout! Congrats on being featured!

Heather McMahon said...

I adore this Cindy! What amazing use of text on the photo!

Heather Landry said...

I love the way you added the words to the lovely photo of you. Such a beautifully scrapped page!

Micupoftea~ said...

What a thoughtful quote, Cindy. Great photo! Have a wonderful week~
congrats on the publication :)

Tracey Sabella said...

Fabulous page, Cindy!! Congrats on the publication and thanks for the step by step!! ~ Blessings, Tracey